Greener Grass on Capitol Hill

| January 24, 2003

As the polls closed this past November and it became clear that the national government lay squarely in the hands of the Republican party, environmentalists around the country took a moment to mourn and then set to work assembling what Keith Schneider of Grist magazine calls the ?broadest and most ambitious operation ever attempted by the national environmental community.?

The ?Collaborative Defense Campaign,? as it is being called, mobilizes staff from 16 environmental organizations. The goals are clear: to counteract the expected political onslaught of the country?s basic protections for water, air, land, and public health.

Environmental leaders outlined their strategy for Schneider, insistent that by burning the media spotlight brightly on the issues and enlisting the clout of certain politicians (from both sides of the aisle) the campaign will not only succeed but reinvigorate the environmental movement across the country.

-Jessica Misslin

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